Olympia qualified its top two singles players and No. 1 doubles team to next week’s Class 4A girls tennis state tournament after Saturday’s final day of the 4A West Central District III tournament at Capitol City Tennis and Athletic Club in Tumwater.
Sophomore Ali Topp, the Bears’ No. 1 singles player, advanced to the district title match but lost in straight sets to Gig Harbor’s Joyce Park, 6-1, 6-1. Teammate Sydney Pham finished third.
Timberline’s Angela Schuster finished fifth, defeating Todd Beamer’s Avery Liening, 6-1, 6-2. The top five singles players and doubles teams advance to state Friday and Saturday at Columbia Basin Racquet Club in Richland.
In 3A, North Thurston’s Ainsley Winterrowd placed third at the West Central/Southwest bi-district tournament at Spanaway’s Sprinker Recreation Center, defeating Peninsula’s Allie Barry, 6-7 (1), 6-1, 6-3, in the third/fourth-place match. Capital's doubles team of senior Alexis Gjurasic and Annie Jia battled their way through the consolation bracket, winning four matches including a 6-3, 6-4 fifth-place match over LIncoln's Amy Hung and Alexis Choy to earn a state berth. The 3A state tournament is at the Tri-City Court Club in Kennewick on Friday and Saturday.
Track and field
4A West Central District
Two days after setting a personal-best in the high jump, Timberline senior Austin Parker topped that at the final day of the 4A West Central District track and field championships at Kent-Meridian: a personal-best jump of 45-feet, 73/4-inch first-place jump, to highlight South Sound athletes at the final day of the championships.
Parker finished third in the high jump (6-4) and will compete in both events at next week’s Star Track at Mount Tahoma Stadium. Olympia’s Jona Spiller was runner-up in the girls javelin (123-7), and Yelm’s James Rodeman was third in the boys pole vault (13-0) and also anchored the Torandos’ fifth-place 4x400 relay (3:24.13).
Other top-five marks include Olympia’s Lauren Wilson in the girls high jump (fourth, 5-1), Maia Halvorson (fifth, javelin), and Yelm’s Kollin Crown in the boys discus (fifth, 147-6).
2A West Central District
With individual district titles from senior Dejuan Frye (200, 21.75; 400, 48.71), River Ridge won the 2A West Central District boys team title at North Mason High School with 100.5 points, besting runner-up Sequim (61).
Frye also anchored the winning 4x100 relay team, the two-time defending 2A state champions, with a winning time of 42.29 seconds. Josh Braverman won the 110 high hurdles (15.04) and was third in the 300 hurdles (39.55). The Hawks also had top-five finishes from Ika Morton (second in long jump, third in 100 meters), Richardo Bowen (third, 800), and Alex Coleman (fourth, long jump), and Tyrell Chisholm (fifth, high jump and 110 hurdles).
North Thurston qualifies for state: North Thurston earned a spot in the 3A state fastpitch tournament at its home facility this season at the Regional Athletic Complex after its 5-2 winner-to-state game over 3A Narrows League member Capital at the 3A West Central/Southwest bi-district tournament in Spanaway.
North Thurston later lost to Prairie, 4-3, in a fifth/sixth-place seeding game.
Against Capital, the Rams had 12 hits, including three players with multi-hit games. Annelies Dahmen went 3 for 4 and Ciarra Davis was 2 for 4 with two RBI. Davis also threw a complete-game, allowing two earned runs and six strikeouts.
River Ridge one win short of state: Following a 13-12 victory over Liberty to open the day, River Ridge’s 3-1 loss to Olympic eliminated the Hawks from the 2A West Central District tournament at Sprinker Recreation Center, ending the Hawks’ season one game short of a state berth. River Ridge’s season ends at 11-11 after three consecutive winless seasons.